With Greg. Had been a light snow year, so less snow than probably usual. But above 10,000 the snow increased (a storm a few days prior no doubt contributed)and the final summit bit was covered. Could not find the switchbacks reported for the last leg, so essentially went straight up, postholing 1-2 ft all the way. Quite a mountain. It was great to stand there and contemplate Mt. Charleston to the east, and now I can remember standing on Telescope as I see it often from the high Spring Mountains.
Bennet and rogers on the way down
Wow, this was a long hike, especially since I started from Thorndike campground. Really cold wind once you get on the ridge. It was amazing to see Badwater Basin from there, over 2 vertical miles lower.
Well maintained trail all the way to the top! Great dayhike!
Incredible views from the top in all directions. A little chilly and windy at the end of fall.
A nice, clear day with outstanding views and calm winds. Taking the hiking trail, rather than the snow covered road up Rogers, there were some ice patches to step over and/or be cautious with on the stretch near the trailhead. Snow began in earnest from Arcane Meadow onward, but was not deep enough to slow my pace. I sometimes avoided snow by sticking to the ridgeline. Upon reaching the final, steep climb up Telescope, I bypassed the potentially icy switchbacks by heading straight up the north/northeast ridge in soft ankle to shin deep snow. I was fine in my waterproof hiking boots with trekking poles. I summited Bennett on the way back from Telescope, but didn't want to deal with Rogers (got a late midday start/finished in the dark as it was), nor the deeper snow of the north facing slopes of the road down from it...maybe a quick summit of Rogers next time I go to DVNP.
Spectacular hike to a surprisingly nice summit with commanding views. This was a great way to finish a trip that started with a turn-around on Whitney at 13,200 feet.
Used Mt. Bike from Shorty's Well to the narrows of Hanaupah Canyon, then hiked. Started at 4 am, reached Telescope peak at 1 pm, had lunch, and returned to Shorty's at 6:30 pm. Beautiful day, a little wind on the summit ridge, minor easily-avoidable ice on the final switchbacks. Full trip report at http://cedarandsand.blogspot.com/2012/02/shortys-to-telescope-peak-death-valley.html
Camped at Mahogany Flats Friday night(18deg F at night-no wind). The road had some ice but it was easily passed with 4x4. Started the Trail at 8:50am and reached the summit by 11:50am. little snow til 10,000 feet. last 1000ft had a good amount of snow but 2 of us just wore NF Gortex hiking shoes and 1 had hiking boots and it was no trouble( very little ice). 30min at the summit and back to the car by 2:45pm. Great day for a hike.
I've wanted this one for years.
Beautiful views with easy terrain
What a great hike! very cold though 10 degrees at the first saddle, with a 10 mph wind even though it wad a bit hazy the views to other high areas was clear.
Camped at Mahogany Flats and hiked to the summit with friend Ed and niece Megan as a warm-up climb for Mount Whitney Mountaineer's Route. Pleasant day with great views of Badwater and Mount Whitney. We had the mountain to ourselves. 74 degrees driving back down service road and 114 degrees in Stovepipe Wells just a few miles away.
Made the summit around noon
Nice early-spring ascent
Beautiful clouds for the entire morning. This kept the temp down. Hiked from Mahogany with JQ. Hit Rogers and Bennett on the way back. Wildrose the day before.
This was my second time high on the mountain, but my first summit. A couple years ago, I hiked from badwater with friends up the standard ridge from shorty's . . . on reaching the main ridge below the summit of telescope we were too *tired* to go to the top.
Camped out at Mahogany Flat CG. Very windy with below freezing overnight temps. Still some snow on the trail. Windy and cold on the summit. Great views in all directions.
Nice dayhike. Bagged Bennett and Rogers on the way down.